The Hollow by Jessica Verday- Contest has ended.

The Hollow
By Jessica Verday

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her -- one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

This is one of those books I've been eagerly awaiting and suddenly is so close I can almost taste it. The Sleepy Hollow legend is one of my favorites and you could've knocked me over with a feather when I read the synopsis of this book. I mean I was this close to dressing up like The Headless Horseman for Halloween last year. I hope we all love it, and I have a feeling we will!

IB Teen Talks with Jessica Verday:

IBT: If you could choose one fictional character to bring into real life, who would you choose?

JV: I would choose Anton from SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER. That was the first book I read that completely shocked me with its ending. I remember reading it in 6th grade and sobbing for hours! I wanted to re-write and completely change what happened.

IBT: How did you survive being a teen?

JV: I was always sort of on the fringe area - I wasn't really a geek, Goth, athlete, or terribly popular - so I never fit into one group. I was a cheerleader, acted in the school play, won the Science fair, was on the yearbook committee... I tried a little bit of everything. Although during middle school, I kind of existed in this world where once I got home I'd change into my "cool" clothes (I went to a private school with a very strict dress code) and it completely changed my attitude. Just being able to take that one small element of choice and make my own decision gave me confidence that was invaluable. I also read a LOT. (Which was probably why I wasn't terribly popular.)

IBT: Growing up I loved the story of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and then growing up I read the short story by Washington Irving. Tim Burton's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow just put this story as my favorite work of classic American fiction ever. How did this story inspire The Hollow for you?

JV: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inspired me because of how real it was. I could go visit the town that inspired the story. Walk through the same cemetery that Washington Irving played in when he was a child. Visit his grave, and the graves that inspired the characters he would write about... To place a modern day story in a setting that was filled with such living history was too good to resist. Plus, I've always had a thing for ghost stories, Hallowe'en, and cemeteries!

IBT: How have the books/movies you've read inspired the books you've written?

JV: What are you currently reading?Of course The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving was such a huge inspiration for THE HOLLOW, and the Tim Burton movie was wonderfully dark and gothic - I couldn't help but be inspired by that beautiful scenery! The Legend has always been one of my favorite stories and when I first heard Abbey's voice in my head it all just completely fell into place. I knew that my book had to be set in Sleepy Hollow. As far as what I'm currently reading, I try to stay away from anything YA while I'm writing. It messes with the voices in my head too much. So I usually stick to Tess Gerritsen. Although I just picked up a ton of Stephen King books and am in the middle of Pet Sematary. (So good!)

IBT: How do you decide what ideas make it on the page? What were some of the ideas that didn't make it?

JV: I started off with a notebook filled with possibilities. Pieces of the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow that I could weave into the story, different aspects of what it would be like to grow up living in such a historic town, how a girl could learn to deal with tragedy and what that would be like. As I started writing, most of these plot threads translated very easily to the page. But there was one thread in particular that revolved around the town council that just did not fit in any way shape or form. I still love the idea though so I'm actually saving it to see if I can work it into another story.

IBT: What's the strangest thing you've ever gotten inspiration from?

JV: Although it's not that strange, the best answer I have for this is a picture that I keep near me. (It usually travels between my office desk and my bedroom desk) But it's this absolutely breathtaking print that captures the prom night scene from THE HOLLOW perfectly. I stumbled upon it right before I wrote the scene and it was literally like seeing the image in my head captured on film for me. I bought it immediately and still get a chill every time I look at it.

IBT: What is your favorite type of hero?

JV: My favorite type of hero is someone who is unabashedly romantic, has a heart of gold, and is determined to win the girl no matter what. Sometimes he's stubborn, ruthless, and aggravating...but sometimes he's scaling mountains and sailing across the ocean. If he'll do whatever it takes to make his heroine happy, I'm completely sold.

IBT: As an author how do you respond to those who think that censorship is a necessary evil?

JV: This is a very tough question for me to answer because I kind of understand both sides of the issue here. One one hand, I don't think that anyone has the right to govern what someone else can read/think/do/say. So in that sense, any type of censorship=BAD. But I do think that we have to recognize that we live in a world full of children and adults. Ratings are put on movies, television, games, even toys, for a reason. When someone tries to censor a book, or ban a book, I think that all too often emotions and tempers can get so volatile that we lose sight of the fact that the person who initially raised a concern generally is doing it with the best of intentions. We just have to take the time to find out what those intentions are and then decide from there whether or not it's a valid concern. (Which I don't think is an easy thing to do either, but that's a whole different topic).

IBT: Have you ever written something that you feel uncomfortable writing, knowing that your family and friends will probably end up reading it?

JV: I have a dark chick lit that I started before I wrote THE HOLLOW and I'm about halfway through it, but since it's for adult readers it does has adult themes and sex scenes. Whenever I take a break from my YA stuff and go re-read it again, I'll be honest, my first thought is always "Do I really want my family to read this?" But then on the flip side, I have some future YA books planned that will delve into abuse, freedom of choice being taken away, runaways... Either way I go I'm sure there will be moments of uncomfortableness. I just make it my goal to try and stay true to the story.

IBT: What favorite book of yours would you like to see be turned into a movie?

JV: I'd love to see BOTH SIDES OF TIME by Caroline B. Cooney turned into a movie. What a romantic book that was! Annie and Strat...sigh... I'd love to see them come to life.

IBT: Are you doing anything special for your book release date?

JV: I'm not sure yet - still planning!

IBT: Good luck with The Hollow! And I'll make sure to keep my eyes out for
Book Two coming fall 2010 and Book Three coming fall 2011!


Wendy said...

Hi, Jessica! I can't wait to read the Hollow! That's one of my favorite films ever. :)

- Wendy (omgitswendy at gmail dot com)

I posted about your contest on my blog's sidebar!

Wendy said...

Oh! Jessica, a few weeks ago I got the Hollow swag in the mail, including the cutest Sleepy Hollow postcard, loved it!!

- Wendy.

celi.a said...

This book definitely has grabbed my interest. I'd love to be included in the contest.

+1 I follow on Blogger



Brooke Reviews said...

I love the inspiration picture you take to each office. I can't wait to read The Hollow! :D

I'm already a follower here bacarleton(at)gmail(dot)com


Margay said...

This is on my wish list, so I'd love a chance to win it!

I follow this blog.

I posted on Twitter (hope that counts): http://twitter.com/Margay/status/3144115249


Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com

Kelsey said...

kelseythebookscout@gmail.com (+1)

Link on my sidebar:
http://thebookscout.blogspot.com/ (+1)

I follow the blog already!


Diana Dang said...

I would love to read this one!

I have linked: www.orientaldesires.blogspot.com and is a follower!

faked_sugartone at hotmail

Zombie Girrrl said...

1. You have the best interview questions! It was great! I especially love the question about censorship, it's neat seeing what authors think about that issue.
zombiegirrrl21 at aol dot com
2. Linked you on my sidebar here.
3. I follow

Steph Su said...

Wow, I haven't seen many contests going on for this one, so I would love to be entered! I already follow, and I've linked to this contest in my sidebar. Thank you!

stephxsu at gmail dot com


+1 Please enter me - lafemmereaders@yahoo.com
+1 I am a follower


Jessica Secret said...

Ooh, pleasde enter me!

+2 I was already a follower.
+1 I posted this on my sidebar at shutupimreading.blogspot.com


Sara said...

Great review and thanks for the contest!

+1 grochowskis@hotmail.com
+1 linked to sidebar @
+1 follower

Yan said...

I'm in! The Hollow looks amazing!!

I've been following you! :D

It's on my sidebar ;P


elaing8 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway
This book sounds interesting.

I'm a follower


gaby317 said...

This sounds great! Please count me in.

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

+ old follower

+ posting a link to your contest on my blog's sidebar


a flight of minds said...

We'd love to be entered in the giveaway! We already follow this blog and linked in our sidebar (http://aflightofminds.blogspot.com/).

Alex & Lauren at aflightofminds(at)hotmail(dot)com

robin_titan said...

Great interview!

Can't wait to read The Hollow :D


I already follow

okbolover said...

pls enter me in this contest :)

sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

also I posted a link to this contest on my sidebar

donnas said...

Great interview. This is one of the top books I am waiting for.

I am already a follower.

I posted on the sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Tarie said...

I would like to join this contest. :o) My email addy: peteredmundlucy7@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!!

Llehn said...

I've heard good things about this book!


throuthehaze said...

count me in please!

already a follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Liyana said...

Oh my! Count me in DEFINITELY.
I'm a follower.
Linked on Sidebar.


Melanie said...

This book looks so good! I've wanted to read it ever since the first time I saw the book trailer. I hope it goes far.


Chloeee said...

AWESOME contest; I can't wait to read this book!


Blodeuedd said...

Oh sleepy hollow, sounds cool. Would like to read this one

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

Sylvia said...

I would love to win this book! I think it will be wonderful:)

+1 I'm an old follower


♔ jessica.marie said...

I received my The Hollow swag a couple of weeks ago, but it just made me more anxious to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

+1 I posted this on my sidebar
+1 I am already a follower

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

Tynga said...

I am looking foward to read that book! Please count me in!

I am a new follower

I posted about the contest on my side bar (right-hand side).

THanks for the opportunity!

Kristen said...

I'm following!

I really want to win this book!


Casey said...

Loved the interview. You had some great questions and I enjoyed reading what Jessica had to say.

posted a link on my sidebar


katie said...

Ooh I want to read this so bad. I would love to be entered in the contest.

+1 already follower


Sheere said...

Sounds interesting!

+1 follow this blog


Pam said...

This sounds like a great book and suspenseful too. Count me in please!

I'm a new follower.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Stephani said...

Please enter me id love to win


Oh and your on my sidebar http://magentapurple450.blogspot.com

Stephani said...

oh yea and im following

Donna said...

Definitely up for winning this one!

I'm already a follower and I'll be posting a link to this contest in my sidebar and mentioning it in my Sunday Contest Slurry tomorrow!

Lexie said...

Sleepy Hollow has always been my favorite--ever since seeing the Disney cartoon as a toddler :D How was I to know it was meant to be 'spooky'?

+1 became a follower
+1 linked on my sidebar: http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com


Valerie said...

I have been dying to read this book for forever! I'm a new follower and I added you to my sidebar on my new blog.

For 1 extra entry: post a link to this contest on your blog or site, sidebar is cool. Here: http://valeriekwrites.blogspot.com/

For 1 extra entry, follow this blog!

shouldbewritingnow AT gmail DOT com

KatieDoll said...

Great interview! I don't want to be entered, but the book sounds amazing. :)

Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Kelli Christine said...

YAY! I really want to read this!
Count me in!!!

+1 omgbookreviews@gmail.com
+1 Linked on my blog
+1 already a follower!


Jake Lsewhere said...

+1 Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.
+1 I'm a new follower on Blogger.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Sab H. said...

+1 crystlreviews[at]gmail.com
+1 Follower
+1 link on sidebar: http://crystalreviews.blogspot.com/

Thanks! Great interview!

wdebo said...

I would love to win this book!!!

+1 Comment!
+1 Added to my new blog for contests:


+1 Was a follower (That means automatic entree yeah!)

Wdebo :)


Jolynn said...

I would really like this book.
Jolynn_Reads @yahoo dot com

barbrafl said...

I've gotten the goods, I've followed your husband's blog and entered his contests, and now I'm waiting on your book! Love you already, Jess! (and we share the same name!)

+1 Follower

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

gaby317 said...

This sounds fun - thanks for the entry!

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

+ follow on blogger
+ posting a link to this contest on my blog's sidebar


WilowRaven said...

My info - WilowRaven[at]yahoo[dot]com

+1 link on my blog sidebar (redhousebooks.blogspot.com)

Already a follower :)


Anonymous said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jessica, this book sounds fantastic - thank you so much for the chance to win it :)

Melissa said...

Would love a chance to win.


Erica said...

I cannot wait to read The Hollow - It looks fantastic!

I'm already a follower

:) Erica

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis'

Thanks for this wonderful book giveaway!!!

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis'

I an already a follower Y an extra point ;o0 ha ha

Anonymous said...

this book sounds really good
please enter me - jwj@sbcglobal.net
+1 for comment

babygirlG said...

I'd love to be included please. Thanks.


babygirlG said...

I'm a follower.


Diana Marie said...

Cannot wait till this book comes out!

+ I'm a follower


Tynga said...

Please count me in =) I am really looking forward to read that book!
I am a new follower =)
tynga85 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

i love the cover its so pretty
please enter me

Llehn said...

I'm a follower.


Lauren said...

I would love to enter!

I'm already a follower. (+1)
I have a link to this on my blog's sidebar here: http://laurenscrammedbookshelf.blogspot.com/ (+1)

Lauren said...

^^^And my email adress is laurenscrammedbookshelf@gmail.com.

Becky said...

This sounds great! I'm adding you to my blog sidebar. =)


Kate said...

+1 added to sidebar

+1 being a follower


Hailey said...

This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

+1 Commenting with my email.
+2 Became a follower


Ju said...

I've got the goodies from this book about a month ago and have been in love with this book since then!

+ 1 already a follower

juiceb0xx at hotmail dot com

Chloeee said...

I CANNOT WAIT to read this book! Thanks for the awesome contest :D

+1 Following your blog


Jenny N. said...

I would love to enter.


Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

Thanks so much for the chance to win this book!! Your blog looks wonderful ;o)

Valorie said...

I'd love to win!

Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/08/17/book-giveaways-08-17-08-23/.

I follow.


Bunny B said...

I would love to read this!!! Love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow :)

bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Am a faithful follower
bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Blogged: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-and-cool.html

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Jill said...

Ooh, this book sounds great! I'd love to be entered.

jillkt13 at yahoo dot com

Sara said...

Count me in! I'm a follower.

Sara M
silentalibis AT yahoo DOT com

Jenny N. said...

I would love to enter this.

Just became a follower


Melissa said...

I've really been wanting to read this one--thanks for the chance to win!!

I also just became a follower!


DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...


Belladonna1975 said...

thanks for entering me

I would love to win this book!


Bookumss said...

Ohhh Great contest! I've been wanting to read this book.

+1- Following!


-Thanks :)

Sandra said...

For 1 entry: comment on this post with contact information.

Hi, Jessica ^_^ thanks for the contest I desperately want to read this book. anime_sazume@hotmail.com

For 1 extra entry, follow this blog! If you already Follow you automatically get this extra entry!
I am now following woot!

Sandra said...

For 1 entry: comment on this post with contact information.

Hi, Jessica ^_^ thanks for the contest I desperately want to read this book. anime_sazume@hotmail.com

For 1 extra entry, follow this blog! If you already Follow you automatically get this extra entry!
I am now following woot!

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Misty said...

Great post. Beautiful cover! Definitely worth looking into.

+1 mbradenwf@gmail.com
+1 blog sidebar (Book Rat)


Dani. said...

Yay! The Hollow! I've been counting down the days until this book comes out! and got all the cool Hollow stuff in the mail from Jessica Verday. As you can see, I WANT THIS BOOK!

+1: Follower!
+1: Posted on Sidebar-

Mishel said...

Hey there! I would love a chance to win this =)

-I'm a new follower =)
-I posted a link to this contest on my sidebar (http://creativitygone.blogspot.com)

Thanks so much!

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Genevieve said...

Great interview! I really want to read Hollow. : )

For 1 entry: comment on this post with contact information.
For 1 extra entry: post a link to my sidebar:
For 1 extra entry, follow this blog!


Ashley said...

I really want to read this, I can't wait! booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

+1 I posted this on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

Megan said...

The Hollow sounds really good.


ReggieWrites said...

For 1 entry: comment on this post with contact information:
+1 I'm a follower!

Reggie :-)

vampira2468 said...

Following, will post about it and have a link in the side bar

~The Book Pixie said...

I want to read this so bad! I got the goods quite a while back and have read only the first chapter online.

+1 follower

+1 sidebar link: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/


oO mâr!âNâ Oo said...

Hi!! I really want to read this one, looks so good.

+1 I follow your blog
+1 Link to my sidebar: http://entrelibelulas.blogspot.com/


BrittLit said...

I'm so excited for this book!!!
+1 teensatthelibrary[at]yahoo[dot]com
+1 sidebar post
+1 already a follower

Pewter Wolf said...

Have to wait a little long, seeing as am in the UK. But will wait, with interest, for the book!


Haley said...

Jessica seems so cool. I want this so bad! Enter me? =)

+1 because I follow


sara said...

This sounds really cool. please include me in this contest.

stownsend at guesswho.com

Marie said...

I would love to read this, it sounds great!

I am a follower.


YA Book Reviews said...

I have been DYING to read The Hollow, please count me in!

+1 this contest is in my sidebar (contests)
+1 follower

Thanks for this awesome contest! :)

@llie said...

I am so excited about this contest. I have been eagerly anticipating this books! I have been counting down the days, crossing off the calendar... well you get the picture. So please enter me in this contest for the Hollow.

Oh, and I am a follower

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

Thanks so much for this chance to win!!!

chinesedolphin94 said...

I cant wait for this book. looks so awesome love the cover. awesome contest. thanks

+1 im a new follower


deltay said...

Awesome interview. Contest looks great too! :)

+1 Sidebar linked on blog


Book Sp(l)ot said...

I already follow this blog (love it!) and would absolutely love to win this :D

book.splotATgmailDOTcom :D


Limerick said...

+1 I follow now

Thanks for the contest!

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Kiara said...

Hi!! Thank you for this contest!!

+ My e-mail adress is kiara.dg(at)gmail.com
+ I posted this on my Live Journal here.
+ I'm a follower!

- Kiara.

Beleth said...

Thank for for giving us the change to read this book!
im a new follower and my email is battyaboutbats(at)gmail(dot)com


Ashley R said...

I am counting the days till i can read this book. its gonna be great!

+ 1 I am a follower of the blog


Bianca said...

Oh I've been dying to read this book!!!!

I follow you!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com


Great interview IPT, I can not wait to read Hollow. I think that Lee and Jessica have done a great job on getting the word out. PS I am holding Sept 1 open... Love the Post card thanks!
I am already a follower.
Lifkdasux at aol dot com

Alexa said...

I really want to read this book!
I'm a follower.


Paradox said...

Enter me please! I've wanted to read The Hollow for a long time!

+1 I'm a follower.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

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